Volunteering projects such as beach clean ups are important on a local scale because they ensure an improved sustainability, as well as bringing visitors in to assist, this also encourages tourists because the beaches become pristine again. Yet they are unable to tackle the source of our plastic problems. Globally, we need to manage man-made debris, from the point of manufacture to the point of consumption more safely through efficient recycling schemes and a reduction in purchase. This begins with the choices we make at home, reducing and recycling what we use, but also ensuring we're disposing what we do use as carefully as possible to help avoid it making its way into the ocean.
Although gyres are extremely hard to manage, hopefully with a reduced plastic consumption and increased clear ups, the problem will continually better itself, along coastlines at least. So if you are determined to save the world and our sea turtles, take note and volunteer.
By Laura Robinson If you would like to help the environment and its vulnerable wildlife such as sea turtles, please get involved with any of Frontier's marine conservation projects working across the globe.
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